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Meet the Staff of the Houston Wellness Center

Our goal is to support the health & well-being of our members.

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Josh Irwin

Program Manager

Texas State University

B.S. Exercise & Sports Science, concentration in Health & Wellness Promotion for Clinical Population

Certifications- EXOS Fitness Specialist, EXOS Performance Specialist, EXOS Applied Neuroscience of Peak Performance

Started my EXOS journey in 2017 as an intern in Round Rock, Texas. In 2018, I joined the Houston team as a Health Fitness Specialist. After one year, I was promoted to the Assistant Program Manager role. In 2021, I moved into my current Program Manager role. Throughout this journey I have enjoyed assisting members excel in their health and wellness goals while developing fellow staff to reach the next level of their professional careers. My goal is to create a safe, friendly, and welcoming gym environment for all. 

"Management is about persuading people to do things they do not want to do, while leadership is about inspiring people to do things they never thought they could." - Steve Jobs

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Monica Martinez

Assistant Program Manager

Texas State Universtiy 

B.S. Health & Fitness Management, Minor Business

Certifications- EXOS Fitness Specialist, EXOS Performance Specialist, National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine Corrective Exercise Specialist, United States of America Weightlifting Level I & II

My career started as an intern in the corporate industry while also training in commercial fitness centers. I grew in California as a Supervisor of a military fitness facility. Once I moved back to Houston, I continued pursuing growth within the fitness realm at Phillips 66 as a Health Fitness Specialist. Currently, I am the Assistant Program Manager of a great team and amazing facility. I hope to not only teach but learn through the development of others. I thrive in training members physically and mentally. Strengthening others in all aspects of their lives is what I see as my true purpose.

"Where the human mind thinks it will break is far short from where it will actually break." - David Goggins

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Jordan Pittard

Health Fitness Specialist

Sam Houston State University

MS Health and B.S. Kinesiology

Certifications- National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer

I am originally from El Paso, Tx and I am a graduate of Sam Houston State University. My love for health and fitness came from watching my Dad at a young age work on his mind and body. He has always been my greatest inspiration for pushing my health forward.  My overall goal is to assist others who want to improve their quality of life. I welcome the opportunity to share this with clients and members.

"Proceed as if success is inevitable" - Mary Liuzzi

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Olukayode Ojo (Kay Kay)

Health Fitness Specialist

University of Texas at Tyler

B.S. Kinesiology 

My introduction into the fitness and exercise world came in the form of soccer. I have been playing soccer my whole life and I absolutely love it. Being a part of the University of Texas at Tyler soccer team showed me how important strength, conditioning, and speed training were when playing soccer. I then learned much more about the overall benefits of working out when I Interned at APEC and I saw firsthand the improvements made by individuals that were training there. I love the feedback I get from people about an exercise helping them in a way they didn’t think it could. I strive for more and in my time here I hope I can help clients and members improve their level of fitness and overall health.

“He who climbs the ladder must begin at the bottom.” -Ittetsu Takeda

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Cesar Carrillo

Health Fitness Specialist

University of Houston

B.S. Kinesiology 

Certifications – National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine Youth Exercise Specialist.

My athletic background began with soccer early, soon after high school I transitioned into fitness. I decided to become a personal trainer because I wanted to help and educate the community about overall wellness, lifting, and provide guidance to achieve the desired goals of every population. My interest in learning about human performance drove me to pursue Physical Therapy. My mission is to share my knowledge I gather in my own journey, continue to teach everyone about overall health, and establish positive relationships with exercise.

“Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise” -Michael Jordan

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Bree Schrader

Part-time Trainer

Baylor University

B.S. Exercise Physiology, M.S. Sports Pedagogy

Certifications- National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer, National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, & American Council on Exercise Health Coach

As a former D1 athlete, I spent way too much time in the training room trying to rehab injuries that could've easily been avoided if I'd taken strength training seriously. As someone who used to hate stepping into a weight room, I absolutely love working with clients who may be hesitant about learning how to strength train. Regardless of whether someone has been an athlete their whole life or is just stepping into the gym for the first time, I think a properly programmed and executed exercise plan can make you feel stronger from the inside out. 

"Victory is in having done your best. If you've done your best, you've won."